Illan Meslier's season ends in heartache but watch as Leeds United 'keeper dazzles with impressive skill

LEEDS United 'keeper Illan Meslier's fantastic season has ended in heartache - but not without impressing through his dazzling skill.

Tuesday, 1st June 2021, 10:52 am
Updated Tuesday, 1st June 2021, 10:54 am

Meslier has been stuck behind experienced Nantes stopper Alban Lafont for France's under-21s but was finally handed a first outing for them in Monday evening's Euro under-21s quarter-final against the Netherlands in Budapest.

Lafont was absent for the clash due to Nantes playing Toulouse in a promotion play-off.

France's under-21s then took a 23rd-minute lead through Dayot Upamecano but the Netherlands equalised five minutes after the break through Myron Boadu who then bagged a dramatic winning goal in the third minute of added time.

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It means France's Euro under-21s bid is over but Meslier still took the plaudits for a fine piece of skill when France were 1-0 up.

The Whites 'keeper was closed down by Boadu but produced a neat turn inside his box to beat the striker before playing a raking pass to Moussa Diaby on the right wing.

Meslier's disappointing end to the campaign with his country comes after a stunning debut season in the Premier League with newly-promoted Leeds who sealed a ninth-placed finish as Meslier kept 11 clean sheets.

LATE DESPAIR: For Leeds United goalkeeper Illan Meslier, left, and France's under-21s after defeat to the Netherlands in Budapest. Photo by ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP via Getty Images.

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Thank you Laura Collins